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Sinise: Remembering Korean War vets.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the “Cinemagic: Great Choral Works from the Silver Screen” event. It will be held on June 4.

Electronics Extravaganza

Want an idea of what kind of phone or laptop everyone will be carrying around Capitol Hill next year? Stop by the “CES on the Hill” on Tuesday and view all of the hot electronics straight from the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Held at Eastern Market, 225 7th St., SE, the event will run from 6-8 p.m. and will allow visitors to interact with the products that are changing the way we live and work.

Once you’ve gotten a chance to check out the most cutting-edge technology out there, stop by the Digital Patriots Dinner on Wednesday evening to celebrate the industry and policy leaders behind both the technology and the legal and regulatory framework that allows the industry to grow.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Dr. Robert Kahn, chairman, CEO, and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, will be honored with the 2011 Digital Patriot award. The event starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW. Tickets are $99 for Consumer Electronics Association members and $175 for nonmembers. There is complimentary registration available for members of Congress and their staff. To purchase tickets, or for more information about both events, visit

Fashionable Fundraiser

Looking good gives confidence. At least that’s the main goal behind Suited for Change. The organization provides women with free professional clothing in an effort to boost confidence and get them on the right track to find a job.


On Wednesday, Suited for Change hosts its Spring Lunch—the organization’s major fundraiser for the year—featuring special guest Robin Givhan, special correspondent for style and culture at Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St., NW. Tickets start at $125 and are available online at

Remembering The Forgotten

The GI Film Festival takes over the U.S. Navy Memorial this week with 31 film premieres and a filmmaker boot camp. The festival will also make itself at home on Capitol Hill on Wednesday with a congressional reception at the Capitol Visitor Center.

The invitation-only event, “Honoring the Korean War Veteran,” intends to commemorate what the festival calls “the forgotten war.” Actor Gary Sinise will be on hand, as well as GI Hero Award winners and Korean War veterans Warren H. Wieldhahn and David M. Mills. The reception runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a screening of the film The War Inside at the CVC’s North Orientation Theater at 7:40 p.m. The film showcases a special technology that allows the audience to determine how the plot unfolds and is intended to educate the public on ways to deal with the reintegration issues facing soldiers returning from war.


Those lucky few with an invitation to the event can RSVP at For more information about the GI Film Festival, including the schedule of events, visit

Inspiring Film

Looking for a movie to round out your week? On Thursday, artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel will screen his award-winning film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 1100 Jefferson Dr.

The film tells the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of French Elle, who suffered a massive stroke that left him with a condition called locked-in syndrome. Based on Bauby’s memoir, the film focuses on his will to live, work, and connect as he dictates the book letter-by-letter through blinking his eyes.
The screening is part of Hirshhorn’s Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977 exhibit special programming. Tickets to the event are free, but sold out. More tickets may be released on Monday. For more information, visit

Movie Music

Speaking of movies, if you love film and especially music from films, you don’t want to miss the Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus’s “Cinemagic: Great Choral Works from the Silver Screen” on Saturday, June 4.

The musical event will take listeners on a journey through an eclectic array of music from 20 films, including The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and Harry Potter. The event starts at 8 p.m. at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW. Tickets are $25 for general admission and are available online at  

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This article appears in the May 9, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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